Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club has acquired 2000-born forward Jackson Shepard from the Kamloops Blazers in exchange for 1999-born forward Zane Franklin and a fourth round draft pick in the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
Shepard, 18, was originally drafted by the Blazers in the second round (23rd overall) in the WHL Bantam Draft in 2015. The West Vancouver, BC product appeared in all 72 games with the Blazers in 2018-2019 collecting 22 points (9g-13a) along with 39 penalty minutes and a minus-6 rating. In 115 career games with Kamloops, Shepard has totaled 34 points (12g-22a) and 71 penalty minutes.
“Shepard is a player that is a heart-and-soul type guy,” said Hurricanes general manager Peter Anholt. “He can really skate and is a quality player that will fit into our line-up nicely. He’s somebody that will fit into our top-9 forwards and will give us lots of depth in the future.”
Shepard has represented Canada Internationally at both the Under-17 and Under-18 level. He skated in six games at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he had two points (1g-1a) and four penalty minutes playing for Hurricanes assistant coach Andrew Doty. He also won a gold medal at the 2017 Hlinka Gretzky Cup alongside ‘Canes head coach Brent Kisio and defenseman Calen Addison.
Franklin, 19, was drafted by the Hurricanes in 2014 in the second round (43rd overall) in the Bantam Draft. He played 137 career games with the Hurricanes totaling 54 points (20g-34a) along with 154 penalty minutes. In 2018-2019, Franklin was an Assistant Captain and skated in 67 games recording 38 points (14g-24a) with 51 penalty minutes. He added six points (2g-4a) and 18 penalty minutes in 15 post-season games.
“We really want to wish Franky the best moving forward,” added Anholt. “He was a big part of the change here in Lethbridge and we appreciate what he did for the Hurricanes.”